31st August 2018

Trends | Eclectic Style and Furnishings

More than ever before themes that can define ‘lifestyle’ and ‘aspiration’ have become very influential . And the home has become the perfect place to express these ideas.

Feeling comfortable and at ease with your surroundings is in itself very ‘aspirational’. Concepts of style , practicality and quality are the cornerstones of home furnishing.

Modern society has evolved a vast range of manufacturing skills and efficiency. Production and ‘economies of scale’ yielding huge quantities of very similar products. But is society looking for constant repetition and regularity?

‘Rewind’ back many centuries…when thought and philosophy were considered as fashionable as clothes and home design. The word eclectic was first used to describe people who adhered to no particular ‘system’ but were influenced by a vast range of historical and cultural ideas.

Back ‘at home’ there is most definitely an urge to express a unique style. Being ‘samey’ or having everything ‘that matches’ is not for everyone. Using a collection of influences and styles creates individuality. That eclectic look’!

The creation of an eclectic furnishing look is however more contrived than many aspirational home furnishers believe. There has to be a very clear cut plan in place to co-ordinate colour , texture , shape and material. A subtle balance between practicality, uniqueness, fashion and ‘a personal statement’.

A World Of Furniture recognises this ‘facet’ of home furnishing fashion. Throughout all of the stores, customers will find a multitude of ideas, styles and diversity. This diverse range wall art, floor coverings, soft furnishings and cabinets will enable anyone to create their very own and very personal ‘eclectic look'

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15th October 2017

Are you sitting comfortably? A tale of sofas from A world of furniture!

Once upon a time in furniture showrooms across the south (Blandford, Poole, Chandlers Ford and Salisbury to be precise....) there grew requests for soft furnishings, sofas and more and so heeding to these requests A world of furniture scoured the land for the most comfortable and desirable of sofas and chairs.

This search took us to many manufacturers but it seemed almost like a Goldilocks affair, some to soft, others to hard or the fabrics not quite right but eventually we - like the aforementioned fairy tale character - found ourselves surrounded by the best sofas that money can buy and thankfully unlike the fairy tale - there were no scary bears!

Ok, enough with the cheesy fairy tale references and like a bold knight we shall go forth and tell our tal....... sorry, too many story times before bed - to the point we must!

A world of furniture now has a massive selection of sofas in every guise you could imagine, we are working alongside some of the very best in the industry to give you a wealth of fabric, leather and mixes of both, contemporary, traditional and everything inbetween.

For instance our growing collection from Alexander and James, the Bailey leather sofa seen here:

Bailey Leather Sofa

Alexander & James are also a company that create some beautiful Chesterfield style sofas, like this the Abraham Junior available in a myriad of different swatches:

Abraham Junior Sofa

We are also please to able to supply a huge collection of fabric sofas from Buoyant Upholstery, probably the UK's largest sofas manufacturer with a great choice of traditional, classic and modern designs, like this the Windsor fabric sofa

Windsor Corner Sofa

And for those who like something a little out of the ordinary try this amazing Durnford high back sofa - both of these sofas have a massive selection of fabrics to choose from as well as other swatches for the included scatter cushions and eve a choice of foot type!

Durnford Fabric Sofa

We are also stockists of another superb manufacturer of uk sofas and they are Ashley Manor - a great collection of traditional sofas again available in a wealth of fabrics and styles like this the Hobbs Fabric sofa

Hobbs Fabric Sofa

or this - the stunning  Bridgett fabric sofa - as you can hopefully see, there really is a sofa to suit every taste and decor here at A world of furniture!

Bridgett Fabric Sofa

A world of furniture has a huge selection now available in all stores and you can see a taster on our website here, but the bigger selection is certainly within the showrooms themselves, where you will find not only the sofas, but also the fabric swatches, information on all options and well informed staff who will be able to guide you through the mountain of information that comes with these sofas - it's almost a fairy tale in itself!

26th June 2017

Change in the Air at Chandlers Ford | Southampton

The Chandlers Ford store has had much to offer over the last few years (over 6 years now -where does the time go!) but has always looked a little "Warehousey" and so patiently we have waited for the opportunity to give the showroom a bit of a face lift.

With this kind of work already being carried out at the other stores (Poole, Blandford and Salisbury) it has pushed back the task here, but in doing so allowed the plan to be well and truly nailed down sowhen the time came we could all jump to it with gusto!  

Well this year was the time to get started and the Chandlers Ford team certainly did not hold back! Eager to get to it the transformation began in earnest, the first stage the expansion of the showroom floor necessitating moving the warehouse racking and storage - no mean feat with the amount of stock available there!

Rebuilding the partition walls could then start to form the new perimeter to the showroom and give us a whole new perspective on just how big the showroom would eventually be, lots of room for even more oak and pine furniture with plenty of space too for the selection of sofas that had been ordered in to give a new dimension to the previous space.

 The work begins

Once this was achieved, the other changes did come quite steadily, partitions assembled, new carpet laid (getting the old carpet up was an achievement in itself!) walls painted, wallpaper hung - not a day went by over nearly 12 weeks when someone was not running about with paintbrush in hand or a run of wallpaper waiting to be hung, it was a frenetic pace only slowed buy the onset of the warmer weather where even the slightest of movement was enough to bring sweat to the brow!

There are still a few changes to be made within the store and some how we get the feeling that this will always be the case - but the next big part of the project is to install LED lighting all the way through the store (the front half has already seen some installed) and the a lovely suspended ceiling to cover the whole of the showroom - this will make a huge change to the look of the place and who knows, it might even be a bit warmer in the winter too!

Pop in and take a look - if you have been in before, be prepared for a shock - it has changed considerably! If you are new to the store, the choice is vast (oak, pine, painted, beds and mattresses, tables and chairs, chests and wardrobes, sideboards and bookcases ..... and a few accessories to boot - literally a whole world of furniture and more!) the prices are as keen as mustard and so are the staff!

30th April 2017

Things To Consider While Choosing Wooden Bedroom Furniture

The bedroom should be the tranquil retreat, designed to give you the ultimate space to great you in the morning with a welcoming look but give you the restful ambience in the evening to gently drift you off to sleep. It also needs to cater for the practicalities of storage and orientation to give maximum light where you need it. It is worth taking time over the planning of your bedroom and this comes in several stages.

The crucial element to any bedroom is in the beds orientation, this will set the stage for the remainder of the room and will set the tone for the design of the bedroom furniture and of course it's size and position.

Measuring a room is crucial

Measuring the room to get the bed orientation is the crucial first step - it will allow the trail of many alternatives that may help with allowing for bigger storage.

Get this portion of the plan in place in order to select the right bedroom furniture and an easy method of this is to draw out a rough plan of the floor and then to scale cut out an oblong out of card to use as a bed template, this will give you a great way of getting this initial layout and an idea as to the positioning of the bedroom furniture itself. This way, you can select furniture confident that whatever items you do eventually go for at A world of furniture, you know that it will fit immediately on delivery. 

Lundy Painted Furniture

Lundy bedroom furniture - a popular choice to give added reflective light to a room -  see more here

Wood is one of the most popular materials used to make bedroom furniture but there are many varieties and you need to consider a number of things when looking for wood bedroom furniture. One of these things is style, does your home lend itself to a rustic look or more modern, are the rooms large enough to cater a dark colour or are they quite small and would benefit from a lighter finish? Also think about your personal style, it is not likely that people will see your bedroom furniture after all, it will be you waking up to it every morning and you want it to inspire! 

Avon Oak Bedroom

Be bold in your bedroom - Avon oak has a strong look with a great shape and warm colour - see more here


Another thing to consider as you select the right furniture is the dimensions, the pieces you choose should fit into your bedroom well, arranged in a manner that does not feel cramped or forced (this is where the floor plan comes in handy!). In addition, the furniture you select should be able to fit in the hallways, doorways, and staircases that lead to the bedroom. It is wise to take measurements beforehand and carry them with you as you shop for items so that you will not end up buying furniture that cannot make it through the doors of your home.

The bedroom furniture you choose should also be functional, this is where our extensive showrooms come to the fore as you can try things before you buy them and spend time to look at the different storage solutions that are available maximising the storage in your room.

Oakland furniture, oak furniture solutions are abundant at A world of furniture and because we have such a wealth of different suppliers coupled with our ability to buy in large quantities there will be prices to suit every budget. But also we are open (unlike some other furniture retailers) to doing deals, so when you are considering the prices of furniture, make sure that you do not forget to ask any member of staff what we can do for you - there is always something we can do! 

With stores in Salisbury, Blandford, Southampton and the biggest showrooms of bedroom furniture Bournemouth you will find not only a wealth of bedroom furniture that will cater for all tastes and budgets but also many years of experience with our staff who will happily advise you and make easy the path you travel in finding the ideal wooden bedroom furniture.

If you are looking for high-end bedroom furniture, you can find what you need at A world of furniture a huge selection of many kinds of furniture, with a constant drive to add new ranges of furniture to our existing collection, making sure that we have something for everyone. Great quality furniture at affordable prices. 

30th April 2017

Make Your Home More Beautiful With Solid Oak Furniture

When the time to give your home a makeover comes about, you may not know which room to start with. However, a good choice is one of the major family rooms such as the dining room. The other thing you need to decide is the kind of furniture to choose, have a home that would suit rustic furniture, or maybe a more modern look would do the trick, at a A world of furniture we have a soft spot for solid oak furniture. Oak is a wonderful material and has such great character to the wood, with full grain, medullary rays and warm colouring.

Solid oak furniture comes in various styles ranging from contemporary to antique, modern to rustic and everything in between so whatever the style of your home you can rest assured that there will most definitely be something for you.

The design led Zen Oak Collection

The modern design led - Zen Oak Collection - See more here


Oak furniture is easy to maintain, most people do not want to spend a lot of money and time looking after their furniture once they buy it and one of the best things about oak furniture is that you can keep it looking its best by a quick dusting, this is generally down to the quality of the finishes that are used - in the main a simple satin lacquer which makes oak furniture fairly maintenance free.

Another reason you should choose oak is that it is durable and strong. Oak is one of the sturdiest woods that is utilised to make furniture. Cheaper alternatives can last a few months, but oak is the material that lasts for many years without diminishing in strength, this is enhanced buy the the right manufacturing techniques, dovetailed drawer boxes, mortise and tenon joints combined with the nature of solid oak will make furniture last a life time

The appearance of oak is traditional and classic, but it complements other materials as well, dark oaks can be used to contrast against light backgrounds, modern light oak is very neutral and works well with both simple bold colours or patterns, but with any style you go for there will always be a decorating style that will go with it.

Dorset oak

Light oak seen here against a bold back drop with the Dorset Oak collection - see more here


One of the latest trends is to mix oak with steel to give a glorious industrial look to give a striking modern designer look, this has been seen across many ranges that are now coming to light in a new market and this is epitomised by the Abbotswood Industrial. A clever mix again showing the flexibility of oak with other materials, heavy, masculine steel  against the rustic nature of the distressed oak with its delightful grain and character really showing off well what can be achieved with this great material, it really does bring a rustic and warm feel to any room.

Abbotswood Industrial

 Abbotswood Industrial oak seen here showing off the versatility of the oak when combining with other materials - see more here


When you are considering furniture for your home you will find Oak furniture solutions are available in many different forms. Whether you are considering bedroom, dining room or the living room, you will always be able to find a piece of furniture in solid oak that will suit the task at hand wardrobes, beds, console tables, coffee tables, dressers, chairs, dinning tables there is a never ending list of the pieces of furniture that are available in a whole host of sizes, colours and designs. Light oak is still very popular and this is great as you then mix and match it with items from different ranges still holding the appearance that everything ties together.

Dinton Oak

 Many different materials and colours here against the neutrality of the Dinton Oak collection - see more here


Oak is a warm looking wood and the grain and natural patterning offers every piece of furniture a unique feel of its own and when used enmasse to fill a room or just one or two pieces to add a focal point, it will give a room much needed character and warmth. If you are looking for oak furniture UK, then you should come to a A world of furniture, we huge displays in all of our showrooms, with room sets so that you can be able to visualise how the furniture is likely to appear in your home and certainly give you a healthy amount of inspiration.

So pop on into our world of furniture (that's right a whole world of furniture, not an oak furniture village and certainly better than an oak furniture land) where you will experience the quality of the furniture first hand. Our showrooms have staff with many years of experience with oak furniture who can assist you to select the most suitable piece and discuss the most suitable delivery option. In our shops you can find high-quality oak furniture at cost effective prices and above all - best service!

4th April 2017

Alexander & James Sofas

Alexander & James Sofas

Versatility of Alexander and James Sofas


Everyone understands that furniture is important. It is a necessity, which is used widely in different places such as offices, homes, hospitals, and airports among other places. Among all furniture items, the sofa is considered as one of the most important, a place to lounge at the end of a hard day, to cuddle up on and get cosy. The reason for this is that it is highly comfortable and enhances the overall appearance of a property.

The manufacturers of sofa sets offer a comprehensive range of categories in their collection. There are different types of sofas based on the color, material, design and structure among other things. Sofa manufacturers do this in order to meet the diverse requirements in the industry. Designer sofas are also available.

Your choice of designer sofa says much about your style and character. The choices people make are a reflection of their passion and thoughts, your choice of fabrics, designs, and colors is a revelation of your inner self, your preferences are a reflection of your character.

Designer sofas are relatively costlier than typical sofas. The reason for this is that professional furniture designers craft them meticulously. Whenever you choose a designer piece of furniture, you are expressing your polished and smart personality subconsciously. If you are looking for designer sofas, you should come to A world of furniture. We offer many types of designer sofas from well-known brands. One of these brands is Alexander and James. This is a designer sofa firm, which is born from a hundred and twenty years of specialist knowledge in furniture design, manufacturing, and retail. 

Bailey Leather Sofa



Furniture experts create Alexander & James sofas. The sofas are handcrafted using high-quality materials from around the world. This includes natural leather, which ages gracefully and wood that is sourced from sustainable forests.

Each Alexander & James sofa is elegant and filled with a mixture of foam, super soft feather, and fiber. The sofa is then tested to high British standards. This includes the Alexander and James bottom test, which makes sure that the sofa is comfortable.

The Alexander and James range features a mix of appealing fashion furniture, which includes the Abraham sofa and Abraham Junior sofa that create a perfect focal point in all living areas. Whether you are searching for a leather or fabric sofa, you can find it within this range. You can browse these sofas at A world of furniture and order them online. We will deliver the sofas to the specified address carried out by our experienced delivery two man delivery teams.

Abraham Junior Sofa



Alexander and James is renowned for its volume manufacturing ability and cutting edge design. The ethos of this designer sofa manufacturer is creating a collection of premium quality leather that is desirable. It also creates fabric and leather furniture by blending beautiful character and vintage leathers with warm, luxurious fabrics to create a look that is unique and stunning.

The number one priority when creating Alexander James sofas is comfort. Everything is hand sketched in the drawing room and proportions are perfected until they appear snuggle-ready. The trend hunters at Alexander and James ensure that the models are clothed in the latest shades and textures. Fabric technologists mix plains with patterns and contrast soft velvets with buttery leathers. This ensures the creation of cozy sofas. 

Hudson Sofa

4th April 2017

Contemporary Dining Tables for a Modern Lifestyle

In the dining room, old fashioned and traditional values still exist, many families gather together to share meals and conversations in the dining room. The dining room furniture available these days is abundant with many contemporary dining room sets to fit the decorating styles of modern consumers.


The traditional dining tables were often seen with quite heavy legs or base which although very sturdy with modern manufacturing techniques this no longer needs to be the case. The other standard characteristic is an embellished or ornate design featur, these may show up in the formed of curved bases or legs, upturned or scrolled legs and tabletops that have etched designs.


Rustic |Deluxe Dining Table



In contrast, contemporary dining room tables can seem boring and plain with simple, understated designs and clean lines. Round dining tables are popular with modern consumers. Large wooden dining tables are also popular, suitable for large dining rooms seating many guests, in some cases over 3 meters long! Traditional dining sets employ a lot of decoration, but contemporary sets go in the opposite direction. They eschew ornamentation for simplicity, contemporary dining room sets are sophisticated and sleek.


The differences seen in traditional and contemporary furniture are not in terms of design only. There has also been a fundamental transformation in the textures and finishes and how the wood is utilized and tested in contemporary dining furniture. Older pieces usually tend to accentuate the wood grain with dark to medium range finishes like mahogany and cherry.


Bordeaux Oak Dining Table



Contemporary dining furniture styles can go to more extremes when it comes to finishes. Contemporary dining sets have been either really dark, from black to espresso or really pale, with shades of lighter natural finishes and white. There are some exceptions, but this difference holds true for the most part. The utilization of engineered wood has increased over the last 10 to 20 years and this has an effect on the appearance of dining room furniture.


At A world of furniture we prefer, as do our customers, the utilization of natural solid woods in the construction of our tables whether in solid oak or pine. With the usual mix of more natural soft finishes which highlight the natural appearance of the grain as opposed to veneers that can tend to look a little bland.


As you search for contemporary dining room furniture, you should note that simplicity is the key. Anything that is too ornate can make the décor of your dining room appear off balance. If you find the perfect dining room set, your dining room will not appear average. Something simple like an oak dining table or even a pine dining table can be ideal. You can get contemporary dining room furniture of the best quality from A world of furniture.


Lundy Dining Table



At A world of furniture, we seek to provide many different kinds of furniture from around the world. We offer a huge selection of wooden dining tables and other types of pine, oak and painted furniture. Our aim is to provide consumers with good quality furniture at cost effective prices. We offer our furniture in our physical stores and online.


We keep our warehouses full of furniture so that we can ensure fast delivery. We usually send two people when delivering our furniture to ensure that it is delivered in an efficient manner. At A world of furniture, we are also committed to environmental sustainability. We have a commitment to tree planting, recycling and good management of vehicles and fuel. We also support local tree planting schemes in our effort to grow more trees. Due to our eco-unique schemes, we are regarded as the most prominent retailer that that is environmentally friendly in the region.